Black Women In Leadership Award
The Black Women in Leadership award honours a Black woman that is doing great things in their community. We are astonished by the phenomenal initiatives and businesses that Black women are launching globally. This award is to honor those often unsung heroes, and to commend them for their efforts. All Black women and non-binary folk are eligible for nomination.
Applications for the 2022 Leadership Award are now closed
Emily Sagaria is a teacher and the founder and executive director of Village International Relief Organization (VIRO). As a teacher and community facilitator locally and internationally, Emily founded VIRO to serve young women and children in disadvantaged communities and create access to services and resources that meet their human rights of nutrition, education and health. Emily firmly believes that access to education promotes good health, advances the equality of females, helps to reduce child poverty, and deepens social inclusion in communities. VIRO provides sustainable socioeconomic growth to girls, young women, and people in marginalized communities by creating access to education, healthcare, food, and career opportunities. As a Master’s of Education candidate, Emily’s work focuses on exploring social justice issues and solutions to dismantle anti-racist practices and policies within the education system.
Black LGBTQ+ Annual Funding
Every June, in celebration of Pride Month, we launch a microgrant to support Black LGBTQ+ women and non-binary folk. This grant is to aid in developing ideas, budding businesses, creative endeavours and community development projects that folks may have. The recipient of the microgrant receives a monetary award. This amount varies annually depending on donations. If you would like to support this initiative, please click on the donate button.
Applications for the next round of funding will open on June 1, 2023.
Black Girl Collective
Black Girl Collective is a registered non-profit organization located in Vancouver BC. Their aim is to hold space and advocate for the joy and visibility for self-identifying Black Women (cis, transgender, femme, non-binary, two spirit and marginalized individuals) through fun and inclusive social events, supporting local Black owned businesses, community education and so much more. Congratulations to them and our other participants who were successful in creating similar authentic spaces for diversity and community.
$500 Microgrant for Black youth
The $500 Microgrant for Black youth is offered multiple times during the year. It is open to Black Women & non-binary folk GLOBALLY. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, an artist, an activist or have an idea that can help bring about social change, this Microgrant is for YOU
Applications are currently closed. The next round of funding will be announced on our social media platforms.
Black Girls Gather
Black Girls Gather (A Book Club) is new WIBCA (@wibcamontrealnpo) program. It consists of a group of young Black women meeting bi-monthly to discuss readings done from a list of books that mainly features black female authors. The activities of the club include reading discussions, movie screenings, creative writing workshops, poetry readings, visits from special guests and art sessions all revolving around the books studied. The purpose of this project is to expose young girls to black literature and engage in discussions around themes such as coming of age, racism, discrimination, identity, feminism, love, family, friendship, etc. all while building a network of support, mentorship and sisterhood for girls coming from visible minority communities in Montreal.
Essentially, Black Girls Gather (A Book Club) is all about creating a safe space for young black women to meet and discuss books written by black authors.